Thursday, April 19, 2007

Against censorship

I had previously written about how I'd enjoyed Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Syndrome and a Century. I love it's dreamlike serenity, the way the director infuses everyday encounters with grace and humour. I was quite shocked to learn that this quiet masterpiece has run afoul of Thai censors, who had demanded cuts to the film. Among the scenes they find objectionable are ones involving a monk playing a guitar and another one depicting doctors drinking whiskey in the basement of the hospital! (For full story click here) It is all completely arbitrary and senseless, as censorship often is. If you would like to support Apichatpong or are against censorship, please sign the online petition.

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